Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes to Confront Anti-Asian Bigotry
September 17, 2020
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted to pass H.Res.908, a bipartisan resolution which draws attention to the increased anti-Asian bigotry that has been observed during the coronavirus crisis and calls on the Federal government to work with state and local law enforcement to confront and prosecute hate crimes related to this. She cosponsored the resolution earlier this year to draw attention to at-risk communities as Congress began its work to address the broader fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Unfortunately, too many Asians across the country have become the targets of bigotry, slurs, and even physical attacks due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Especially during this time of crisis, now is the time for our community to come together and care for one another, not tear itself apart,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been a leader in Congress fighting for equality for all and advocating for the protection of at-risk and minority communities in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.
In March, she cosponsored H.Res.908. She recently joined her colleagues in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) to urge the Administration to make translated materials available on all official federal websites that have information related to COVID-19 and any of the benefits programs created to address this pandemic to ensure that everyone has access to these resources.
During her time in Congress she has commemorated the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, noting that the divisiveness and bigotry underlying Executive Order 9066 persists to this day and must be confronted with love and respect.
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawai‘i’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for over 17 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major in the Army Reserves. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
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